Digha as you would know is one of the most popular tourist spot to those residing in West Bengal. A lot of tourist development initiatives are also being undertaken by the state government to draw even more tourists from far and near. However, you may be interested to know what was Digha like before it became as popular as a tourist destination. Did you know that Digha along with its popularity in recent times has a rich history as well? Through this blog, we will try to make you aware of the history of Digha.
What Was Digha Before It Became a Tourist Spot?
As you would know, Digha is a seaside resort town in the state of West Bengal. It lies in the district of Purba Medinipur and at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal. Originally the place was known as Beerkul. Warren Hastings, an English statesman and Governor of the Presidency of Fort William in Bengal in one of his official letters referred to Digha as the Brighton of the East. Brighton is a seaside resort on the south coast of England.
Thereafter another British businessman named John Frank Smith started living in this place way back in the year 1923. He was the one who convinced West Bengal Chief Minister to develop the place as a beach resort. At the time there was an old church which is still famous in Digha as on date. It can be seen near the old Digha main gate, which also called Alankarpur Digha.
Thus with the initiative of the West Bengal State Government and the local people of the region, the beautiful beach town developed as a tourist spot. Till date with the numerous initiatives being taken to develop it, the popularity of Digha as a tourist destination continues unabated.
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